In a recent writing workshop, we did an altered page project based on A Humument by British artist Tom Phillips. Phillips began in the late 60s "treating" a Victorian novel, page by page. Apparently the project continued for 30 years.
We did a similar exercise. For a base page, I gave three choices:
- a page from the dictionary, D, as in dragonfly
- a page from a long poem by Octavio Paz
- or a page from one of your own poems
I did a series of non-artsy pages over the summer. My friend Warren "fed" me pages from The Egoist each time we met. By the end of the fall I had six or seven poems from that interchange. I haven’t sent any of them out because I’m still not sure what I think of them. In good time….